The Welsh Valleys have a long history of engineering and the Academy is keen to build on that heritage, supporting the untapped engineering potential within students in this area to build a skills base that will support many of the new engineering companies that are investing in South Wales. We are establishing a regional programme that delivers focused STEM education support for students and teachers and provides career guidance. We see this as integral to transforming the community and raising aspirations in the region.

Our partnership approach draws together pupils from primary and secondary schools, further education colleges, employers, government and other key stakeholders to inspire and encourage more young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in post-16 education. The programme will enrich the curriculum, stimulate interest, and improve student attainment outcomes by bringing real-world engineering practice into the student experience. We are working together to encourage more people, especially young women and other under-represented groups to progress towards professional engineering and technician roles in local industry.

The launch

The launch of the Welsh Valleys Engineering Project in 2018

  • 130 primary and secondary schools pupils involved in STEM activities and challenges
  • Exhibits from local STEM engaged industry and business
  • Representation from Universities and Welsh Government
  • Keynote speeches from leading figures in engineering, government and education in South Wales

Further information

For further information please contact Scott.Atkinson@raeng.org.uk.